Sheriff Ronnie Oakes would like to announce that the Wise County Sheriff’s Office has received three state grants that will fund School Resource Officers in Wise County Public Schools. The Wise County Sheriff’s Office was a recipient of three grants through the Department of Criminal Justice Services that will fund these positions. The Wise County Board of Supervisors has agreed to provide the required matching grant funds for these positions.
Two of the grants will continue to fund the School Resource Officers for J.W. Adams Combined School in Pound, VA and Union Middle School in Big Stone Gap, VA. These two grants are continuation grants that were awarded for the fourth year. The third grant is a new award that will fund a School Resource Officer for the Wise County Career/Technical School, Regional Learning Academy, and Alternative Education Center located in Wise, VA. Sheriff Oakes states that, “The safety and security of our children, schools, and school staff is one of the top priorities for me as Sheriff. I will continue to seek grants and other funding sources in hopes of placing a deputy in each Wise County Public School.”
Sheriff Oakes would like to thank the members of the Wise County Board of Supervisors and the Wise County School Board for their support of the School Resource Officer Program.